The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


October 7, 2013

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Brianna’s ‘Big Boy’

The day, Sept. 29, 2013, started out with Shane Shetler trying to coax his wife into going out hunting with him but she just wasn’t feeing it. Much to his surprise his stepdaughter Brianna piped up and said she’d like to go. Well all right, let’s get out there and shoot mom’s crossbow since you’ve never shot anything before. A quick dozen arrows and she was spot on and ready to go.

A first-timer   

It was now around 6 p.m. and they were headed for the stand out back, maybe a 5-minute walk. Once they got into the stand it didn’t take long before the action began, 50 minutes, to be exact. A nice 11-point buck was headed to their apple pile. By the time Shane looked over at Brianna she was ready, safety off and bow on target. He was a bit nervous about the situation, her first time hunting and to have a monster out in front of her, well let’s just say that would rattle many experienced hunters much less a first timer.

A good hit

When “Big Boy” was at 20 yards she put the pin on him and squeezed the trigger of her Horton crossbow. The sound of her Rage broadhead was an unmistakeable thwack; it was a good hit, a pass through. Once their nerves subsided they climbed down, Brianna was actually doing better than Shane. Shane was pumped, his comment was, “I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited on any deer I’ve ever shot myself as I was on Brianna’s.”

Mixed emotions

As they walked up to the arrow Brianna had a look of disappointment on her face because the arrow was sticking out of the ground. Once Shane explained to her that it was a good sign and showed her the blood her smile came back.

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